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Rollin’…Rollin’ on the River…And You Get Injured. Now What?

It has been said that Louisiana leads the United States in maritime employment. Indeed, the Mississippi River, Lake Pontchartrain and the entire Mississippi River Delta are some of the most heavily trafficked waterways in the entire country. Louisiana’s waterways are filled with vessels of all kinds. Everything from barges and oil tankers to fishing boats and personal watercraft, to riverboat casinos. All this activity means that boat and vessel accidents are not uncommon. Added to that, by its nature working on or around boats is dangerous work. So, what happens when a riverboat (or “vessel”) worker is injured? Well, just as working on a...

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Premises Liability Explained.

Injuries can occur in any number of ways. One common way people get injured—at work, at a friend’s home, at the store, while walking down the sidewalk—is by tripping and falling. In law, “premises liability” is the legal theory that makes property owners responsible for accidents and injuries that occur on their premises. The law requires all property owners to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition so that people entering on the property will not get hurt. Sounds simple enough. But its not. Not only can the injuries sustained by the victim in a trip and fall (or “slip and fall”) case...

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What You Can Do to Get Ready for Your Deposition.

If your circumstances (for example, an accident, work injury, slip and fall, medical malpractice, etc.) have you caught up in a lawsuit, you just might find yourself bewildered by all the legal rules, verbiage and procedures. If you’ve never been exposed to litigation before, don’t worry. This is normal. We have found what helps many of our clients is when they have a fairly good understanding of the process—what’s going on, what to expect and how they can prepare for it. So in today’s post we want to discuss depositions and give you a few tips for getting ready if you...

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How Long Do You Have to File A Personal Injury (Car Collision) Lawsuit in Louisiana?

When a car accident happens, you need to act quickly—especially if anyone is injured. The police must be called, information exchanged, and all medical attention sought for anyone who is injured. Most people are pretty good at acting quickly after a car crash. But what they don’t always act quickly on is protecting their legal rights. You Don’t Have Forever To File a Lawsuit. A basic concept in law is that a person must act within a certain time period to protect his legal rights. In other words, the law mandates that if you are going to file a lawsuit, you do it...

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If You Are in a Car Accident in Louisiana, Here’s What You Need to Know.

The cause of most car accidents is carelessness on the part of one of the drivers involved. Sometimes both drivers are at fault to different degrees. When it comes to deciding how a person’s “fault” for an accident affects their personal injury recovery, every state handles the issue differently. That is why, if you live in Louisiana, you should consult with experienced Louisiana personal injury counsel. Fault and Liability. Car accidents lead to medical bills, car repair bills and time off of work. When people file insurance claims or personal injury lawsuits, the object is to have the other driver (the one who...

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When It’s a Good Idea to Hire an Attorney for Your Workers’ Compensation Case.

If you have been injured at work, you may be considering filing a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation claims are meant to provide injured workers with a quick and efficient way to get compensated for their work-related injuries. So does that mean you don’t need to hire an attorney if you are making a workers’ compensation claim? Not exactly. Some Signs That You Should Hire An Attorney. If your situation is a simple, straight-forward case, like perhaps a twisted ankle or a cut that required a few stitches, then you probably won’t need an attorney to assist you. On the other hand,...

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Asleep at the Wheel: A Serious Trucking Issue.

Every year over 110,000 people are injured and more than 5,000 are killed in motor vehicle accidents involving commercial trucks. If that’s not scary enough, one study conducted by the Harvard School of Medicine – Sleep Medicine Division reported that nearly half of all semi-truck drivers admitted to having “drifted off” while driving a long-haul route. Sleep Deprivation. Sleep deprivation is a common cause of big rig accidents. Long-haul truck drivers are on the road driving from coast to coast. They sit all day, alone in a cab, driving in traffic.  Their hours are irregular and truck  drivers work nights, weekends...

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Louisiana’s Damages Cap.

Louisiana is like no place else. No other state in the Union was named for a French king. (King Louis XIV.). In Louisiana, we have our own way of doing things. Our geography, food, even our language is different from anyone else’s. So are our laws. Personal Injury Lawsuits and Damages. When you are injured by the negligence of someone else, you often end up with unexpected medical bills, pain, property damage, lost wages, and sometimes, emotional distress. In the context of a personal injury action, these expenses are referred to as “damages.” Damages can be economic (e.g., your medical bills, repair...

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Workers’ Compensation 101.

What happens if you get injured on the job and can’t work? Where do you get the money to pay for your medical bills? You’ve probably heard of the answer: it’s workers’ compensation. But you might not know how workers’ compensation works. So let’s take a look. The Basics of Workers’ Compensation. Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance program that employers pay into to provide their workers with an efficient and quick way to receive money for their work-related injuries. While the claim process is supposed to be straight-forward, there are certain procedures that must be followed to file a valid claim. Also,...

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Legal Hurdles to be Overcome in a Brain Injury Case.

Some cases may be more difficult to prove than others. That does not mean they cannot be proved, simply that for some cases, we just have to fight harder to win. Brain injury cases can be like that. Brain Injury Cases and Legal Proof. Why are brain injury cases difficult to prove? Because, for one thing, brain injuries don’t always show up on scans. A brain can a appear normal and healthy on a scan even though it is not. Another difficulty encountered with brain injuries is that they do not always appear immediately. If you break your leg, that’s an injury that is immediate...

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